Britain has a rich history of landscapes from the earliest period of the industrial revolution to the 21st century. Our talks this year will provide an opportunity to gain an insight into some of these gems.
Tuesday 6 March, 2018. Talk. Archaeology & Garden Restoration. Dr. Stephen Wass. A return visit by archaeologist, Stephen Wass, who has been running his own project into the science of Jacobean gardens with the University of Oxford and has also been undertaking work for the National Trust in a four year programme to repair the dam at Packwood House. As part of this he has been studying the layout of the early water gardens there and is able to share some of the conclusions of his research. He will also be referring in his talk to recent work done at Croome and Ragley. The talk will provide a fascinating insight into how archaeology intersects with the essential repairs and restoration that goes on in our historic gardens.
Wednesday 25 April 2018. Packwood. Following his March talk, Stephen Wass will take us round the park and gardens at Packwood to show us some of his conclusions regarding the early water gardens there. Booking form
Wednesday 16 May. Stoneleigh and Humphry Repton. Study Day. Leamington Spa/Stoneleigh. Cost £45. More information soon. Limited places. Information and booking
Wednesday 13 June. Perrycroft and Madresfield. A morning visit to CFA Voysey’s garden which he designed for Perrycroft, the house of industialist JA Wilson, followed in the afternoon by a tour of the house and garden at Madresfield. Booking form
Saturday 6 October. Bodenham Arboretum. Bodenham is a modern arboretum located in a protected valley just outside Kidderminster and extending over some 54 acres, featuring mature woodland, specimen trees and shrubs. At the heart are two chains of lakes and pools. It was begun in 1973 when planting started on farmland and earthworks were undertaken to create the lakes. Planting continues to the present day and provides varied habitat for flora, fauna and insect life. A geological trail has been incorporated into the Arboretum. A joint visit with Staffordshire Gardens Trust. Details and application form